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Recently, I posted a delicious recipe for Korean banana-flavored milk. With the leftover bananas, I decided to make a Southern-influenced summer recipe. This summer, try making our creamy and sweet banana peach smoothie! As a southern Georgia girl, peach season immediately means peach cobbler, canning spiced peaches, grilled peaches, and homemade peach ice cream. So, why not add another peach recipe to the mix, right?!
This ice-cold banana peach smoothie is creamy and thick. The sweetness of the fruit combined with the tanginess of the yogurt makes it extremely refreshing to drink. So, if you are looking for recipes to help you beat the crazy hot summer heat, this smoothie is perfect for you!
What Ingredients Do I Need for This Banana Peach Smoothie Recipe?
For this recipe, you only need a few ingredients that are available at most fully stocked grocery store chains.
For One Serving, You Will Need:
- A Fresh, Large Peach: When picking a peach, look for one that does not have severe bruising on the outside. It should feel soft. Also, a fresh peach smells VERY PEACHY. If you cannot smell the peach when you hold it up to your nose, it is not ripe. For those who want to use frozen peaches, look in the frequently asked questions section below.
- A Frozen Banana: The frozen banana helps thicken the peach and banana smoothie. Look for a medium-sized banana. If it is too large, the banana can overpower the peach. To freeze a banana, first, start by peeling it. Then, place the banana in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag. Next, press out all the air and zip it tight. Finally, place the banana in the freezer and let it chill for a few hours.
- Milk (or Water): When blending, sometimes your ingredients can be too thick. If that happens add a bit of milk or water into the blender. This way, you can gain the consistency you want for your smoothie.
- Greek Vanilla Yogurt: The greek vanilla yogurt adds tanginess, sweetness, and creaminess to this smoothie. In other words, it brings everything together.
- Ice: When adding ice, you are adding a thickening agent as well as a chilling agent.
- Honey: If you would like to eliminate processed sugar, replace the vanilla greek yogurt with plain yogurt. Then, add some honey to your smoothie to naturally sweeten the drink! Or, if you still want the drink to be sweeter even with the vanilla greek yogurt, you can add some honey as well!
Banana Peach Smoothie Tips and Tricks:
- First, start by blending your fruit with the yogurt. Then, add the splash of milk and ice into the blender once the banana, peach, and yogurt are emulsified. Sometimes, ice can be hard to break down. By blending the other ingredients first, your blender does not need to work as hard.
- If you need a fiber, collagen, or protein boost, you can add your unflavored powders to this smoothie. If you do, make sure to add a bit more milk or water to the mix. These powders thicken the smoothie even more.
- If your smoothie is too thick, add a bit of milk or water to help it blend and become easier to consume. If you do this, add it a little bit at a time.
- Finally, if you double or triple this recipe, work in batches. This way, your blender will properly and completely blend all the ingredients.
Banana Peach Smoothie Frequently Asked Questions:
Below, we listed some questions you may have about this banana peach smoothie recipe. If we do not answer your question, feel free to leave a comment or email us at email@example.com!
Do I Need to Peel the Peaches?
If you would like, you can peel your peaches. That being said, once blended, you will not notice the peel in the drink. So, if you want to skip peeling your peaches, you can!
HOWEVER, year after year, peaches remain on the list of the 12 fresh produce with the most pesticides–this list has been coined the ‘dirty dozen.’ In 2021, peaches ranked 8th in the list of produce with the most pesticides based on the EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™. Even in organic labeled food, small traces of pesticides are allowed as well as certain natural pesticides. So, if you are concerned with the pesticides, make sure to remove the peel safely with a paring knife.
Note: For a good paring knife to use when peeling fruit, I recommend using Wusthof. These knives give you a good grip. For me, my least favorite is a Global paring knife because my hands tend to slip in the fruit juice while using that brand. Global is a great knife brand though. Below, we list some links to paring knives. As an Amazon Associate, I am an affiliate. If you get Wusthof, know that the Ikon line is their highest end and the Gourmet line is their most affordable.
Finally, if you are concerned with pesticides but do not want to waste the peel, swirl your peaches in a water and baking soda bath for approximately 30 seconds. The baking soda helps extra pesticides! You can read all about the method here at Cook’s Illustrated!
Can I Use Frozen Peaches?
Are you wanting to use frozen peaches for this recipe? After all, you may want to make this recipe out of peach season. Or, you find that frozen peaches are much cheaper than fresh. Another reason could be that you went peach picking and have peeled and frozen a bunch for later. Whatever the reason, you need or want to use frozen peaches instead of fresh.
Yes, you can use frozen peaches! If you do, I recommend using a fresh banana and adding a bit of milk (or water) to the mixture. Otherwise, your smoothie may be too thick to properly blend.
Is this Recipe Allergen-Free? (Gluten, Soy, Wheat, Egg, Etc.)
Our peach and banana smoothie is free of all major allergens except one: milk. In this recipe, we use yogurt which contains milk. Thankfully, there are dairy-free yogurt brands on the market now! If you do not consume milk and have a favorite dairy-free yogurt, use it in the recipe instead!
Otherwise, this recipe does not contain any other major allergen. Though that is the case, like always, check the labels of your ingredients for any hidden allergens. After all, there are a few brands that use ingredients such as gluten for preservatives or a thickening agent.
What If I Make Too Much? Can I Store Leftovers?
Once in a while, you may get full quickly and a 16 oz serving may feel a little too much. If so, what should you do with the leftovers? After all, you don’t want to waste it by dumping it down the drain.
While this peach and banana smoothie tastes best consumed right after you make it, you can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 1-2 days. If you do, make sure to shake it again before consuming. Also, fresh fruits like bananas naturally turn a bit darker color over time after being blended. This is natural–you may notice a change in color of your blended drink after letting it sit in the fridge!
We Hope You Enjoy This Banana Peach Smoothie Recipe!
This peach season, we hope you enjoy drinking our peach and banana smoothie! Do you have any favorite peach or banana recipes? If so, let us know in the comment section.
If you would like to read more about cooking, you can find further recipes on our blog. We listed some of our favorite Carving A Journey recipes below! Many recipes are influenced by our blended Korean and Southern heritage.
Carving A Journey Food and Drink Recipes:
- Korean Banana Flavored Milk
- Bibimmyeon (Spicy Korean Cold Noodles)
- Andong Jjimdak (Korean Braised Chicken)
- Korean Strawberry Milk Recipe; And
- Brown Sugar Iced Latte (Korean Burnt Sugar Latte)
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